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LDWF Schedules Meetings to Outline Preliminary Plans for Waterfowl Hunting Season in Louisiana and Receive Public Comment

BATON ROUGE (July 16, 2010) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a series of six meetings to address the concerns of waterfowl hunters about the effect of oil in coastal marshes and the upcoming hunting season.

At the public meetings planned between July 26 and Aug. 3, LDWF will convey current plans and take comment from hunters.

"Louisiana hunters can be assured that the waterfowl season is going to open," said Robert Barham, LDWF secretary. "A 16-day teal season, September 11 - 26, was set at the July Commission meeting and continental waterfowl populations are at very healthy levels."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said in recent press releases that they believe restricting hunting seasons due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is currently unnecessary. LDWF expects the Mississippi Flyway Council to recommend waterfowl hunting season parameters similar to recent years. The council meets during the week of July 19 and state waterfowl hunting regulations will then be set at the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting on Aug. 5.

Although LDWF is not recommending any broad-scale closures of waterfowl hunting, if oil is found, some areas may have to close to hunting. Additional closures may be considered if large areas of the coast become covered with oil from tropical storm activity or continued movement of oil into the marshes.

More information on LDWF's current intentions and considerations for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season can be found at the following website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/Deep-Horizon-Oil-Spill-and-Waterfowl-Hunting-Season-in-Louisiana.pdf

Hunters can attend any of the six public meetings as scheduled below:

July 26 @ 6:00 pm
LSU Ag Center
7101 Gulf Highway
Lake Charles, LA

July 27 @ 6:00 pm
Evangeline Theater
129 East Main St
New Iberia, LA 70560

July 28 @ 6:00 pm
Abbeville Public Library
405 East Saint Victor Street
Abbeville, LA

July 29 @ 6:00 pm
Houma Municipal Auditorium
880 Verret St
Houma, LA 70360

July 30 @ 6:00 pm East Bank Chambers
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard
Council Chambers
Suite 201
Jefferson, Louisiana 70123

August 3 @ 6:00 pm
Alexandria Convention Hall
915 3rd St.
Alexandria, LA 71303



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